A fresh perspective:

Practicing pharmacy abroad and in a low-resource setting will transform your understanding of healthcare. After one of our specialist pharmacy placements abroad, you’ll be prepared not only for the rest of your studies, but also for a successful career in pharmacy. You'll come to understand how pharmacists in challenging environments tackle issues such as high patient numbers, under-resourced wards and a lack of up to date equipment.

What's Included?

  • Our famous placement tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons


‘We can make it happen’ - words we live by. Inform us which aspects of pharmacy interest you and we’ll tailor a completely unique experience for you from the ground up. These are not your run-of-the-mill placements, they’re highly customised experiences designed to meet your specific needs. Our operations team will organise your hospital placement, handle visa administration, match you with suitable supervisors and much more. With over 10 years of experience, there’s no one better prepared to tailor your placement than our experts.

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Under the guidance of your supervisors you’ll be ushered through an entirely new experience of pharmacy. The systems in place to cope with both creating and administering medicines in developing countries are vastly different from those you’ll be used to back home in Australia and New Zealand. Lack of funding and limited access to modern laboratory equipment means that pharmaceutical professionals have had to adapt to serve patients in an effective way. A pharmacy placements abroad is the perfect chance for you to acquire innovative techniques that simply aren’t used in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Our dedicated teams in-country will provide 24-hour support seven days a week from within our private, security guarded, fully catered student accommodation. What’s more, our houses are reserved exclusively for Work the World students. You’ll also get access to MyTrip, our custom built placement information and tracking hub. We specialise only in healthcare placements, so you can be assured there’s no one better for the job. Take a leap and travel overseas to make your pharmacy placement worth every second.

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Pharmacy elective destinations

Cambodia - Phnom Penh

The exhilarating capital city of Phnom Penh boasts some of the world’s most fascinating temples, fragrant street foods, and markets brimming with jewelry, knick-knacks, and traditional crafts. Discover crystal-clear seas off the coast, and trek into humid jungles to glimpse sun bears, leopards and elephants. A Pharmacy placement here will expand your understanding of healthcare in the developing world, opening your eyes in a way that staying at home simply could not. From rotating through dispensaries to encountering a diverse range of unfamiliar drugs and prescriptions, the professional and personal skills you’ll gain here will prove essential to your aspirations. 

Famous Angkor Wat temple complex in sunset, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.Panoramic view.
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The Philippines - Batangas

Batangas City is the perfect jumping-off point from which to uncover its surrounding tropical beaches, emerald rice paddies, volcano craters and lush rainforests. The city itself is home to cafes, contemporary themed bars, art galleries and museums, with international music festivals and street parties to look forward to come summertime. A Pharmacy Placement here will open your eyes to the limitations of this field in the developing world. Working in dispensaries, you’ll witness how local specialists have to cope when it comes to limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Batangas, click here.

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Nepal - Pokhara

Pokhara is surrounded by mountains, lush forests and tranquil lakes begging exploration. Ancient temples and pagodas, as well as modern cafes and bars can also be found here. In the surrounding areas, try paragliding with hawks, bungee jumping, or hiking to hidden temples. On your pharmacy placement you’ll work in the dispensary, familiarising yourself with medicines uncommon in the developed world like anti-venoms. A spell in the pharmacovigilance unit will give you the opportunity to study the detection and prevention of adverse effects associated with certain pharmaceutical products. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara, click here.

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Peru - Arequipa

Arequipa’s pretty cityscapes, spicy cuisine and location amongst some of South America’s most iconic vistas make it perfect for those seeking an authentic Peruvian experience. Pay a visit to those living on Lake Titicaca’s floating villages, or trek to Machu Picchu and through Colca Canyon. When it comes to the hospital, you’ll rotate through satellite pharmacies which serve the Internal Medicine department, Surgery, and more. Time spent in the sterile 'clean room' will open your eyes to how chemotherapy medications are manufactured in the developing world. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa, click here.

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Ghana - Takoradi

Ghana’s lively markets and welcoming local people make it rich in typical Ghanaian culture. Sample traditional dishes, or sip a cocktail while watching the sun set over the port. Venture further afield to spot endangered wildlife on safari, hike into the lush jungle in search of hidden waterfalls, and visit rural communities. Displaying proactivity in the hospital will see you assisting across departments like Surgery, Paediatrics, and the HIV Clinic. A spell in the hospital’s dispensary will highlight the resourceful nature of local staff who work hard treating a wide range of pathologies with extremely limited resources. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi, click here.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

The system in our partner hospital involves multiple dispensaries serving range of wards. These wards include the Surgical, Oncology, Renal, Outpatient and Inpatient wards. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience working in each of these dispensaries. Both preparing and dispensing medication for patients across these wards will help you understand the complexities of delivering adequate care when dealing with such low resources. Through this experience, you’ll work alongside local pharmacists with various drugs, some even used in chemotherapy, you could even have the chance to prepare ointments and lotions for patients. Providing surgical items to all units, and working in the drug stores, managing stocks and purchasing medicines are also options. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura, click here.

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Nepal - Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s history can be traced back thousands of years, yet the current city is an eclectic mix of both the old and the new. Here you’ll peruse the markets filled with handmade curiosities and crafts, tour impressive temples, and paraglide through the misty Himalayan mountains. Pharmacists here assist doctors in explaining prescription drugs and their side effects. On placement you’ll take ward rounds with local specialists, gleaning insight into the growing role pharmacy plays in the development of Nepali healthcare. In relation to the widely popular Ayurvedic medicinal tradition, this will be an enlightening experience. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu, click here.

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Philippines - Iloilo

While the many bars and restaurants lend a modern feel to the city, Iloilo is — at its heart — a laid-back, tropical haven. Everyone joins in vibrant festivals throughout the year, and across the water the white sand beaches and palm trees of Boracay island beckon. Show enthusiasm on your placement and you’ll have the chance to rotate through 6 outlets, including satellite pharmacies in Emergency, Neonatal, operating rooms, and OBG. Time in any of these areas will open your eyes to the challenges faced by local staff typically associated with low resource environments. To read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo, click here.

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Allen, Danielle

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"The time I spent in the hospital was incredibly valuable".

Danielle Allen, Queen's University, Belfast 2015

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"I never felt alone or out of my depth".

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"I gained an all-encompassing experience within Nepali medicine".

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